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  1. Let your electrician transform your home with recessed lighting!

    October 30, 2014 by Suzanne Ayotte

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    Tired of your old, boring light fixtures? A light upgrade will light up your home and it won’t break the bank. Mahaffey Electrical Services can install a recessed light fixture in your home for as low as $65/light, including labor and materials! Mahaffey has been family owned and operated since 1991 and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. They are a reliable company that offers 24-hour emergency electrical service and are experts in concealed wiring.  They use LED lights which have many benefits including: longer life span, energy conservation, and environmental friendliness.

    Here we will discuss a little about the pro’s and con’s of recessed lighting, but I think you’ll find that the con’s are minimal and the return on your investment will be totally worth it to have such a beautiful space in your home!

    The bright side of recessed lighting:

    Recessed lighting is a great way to add a modern feel to your home. The cans containing the light bulbs are installed flush with the ceiling and blend in nicely to create a beautiful atmosphere for any room. The design element of recessed lighting is extremely flexible as they are extremely light-weight and do not need to be bolted into the ceiling joints or wall studs so you can place them anywhere in the room, and they create the illusion of more space. Many decorators used them to accent artwork or focal points bycreating a soft glow naturally drawing the eye to the piece, but they can also be used for ambient or spotlighting. Lastly, the extra money you may have invested in installing recessed lighting can be regained over time. The LED light bulbs used in recessed lighting are environmentally friendly and energy efficient, and thus wallet-friendly.

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    The dark side of recessed lighting:

    Installation can be more difficult than other light fixtures because it involved cutting holes into your ceiling (usually drywall) and fitting the recessed can perfectly into the holes in order to seal the area and prevent heat loss. The cost may be higher than traditional lighting due to the level of work involved in the installation. Another draw-back to recessed lighting is that once they are installed in your ceiling, you have committed to that location. If you choose to rearrange the room, the lights may not be as strategically placed with the new layout. Another thing to consider are the bulbs, because the ones used for recessed lighting are different than traditional light bulbs, you may have to make a special trip to Home Depot or other specialty lighting store to get the correct one — you may not be able to find what you’re looking for at the neighborhood pharmacy or grocery store. Lastly, it is important that you higher a professional residential electrician to make sure that the lighting is installed properly. With the fixtures so close to the ceiling insulation, there is a chance the heat they emit could catch the insulation on fire. A professional will ensure those safety concerns are put to rest.

  2. Preparing for surrogate motherhood

    October 27, 2014 by Suzanne Ayotte

    The decision to become a surrogate mother is not an easy one and should not be taken lightly just because $20,000 sounds like a significant reasonable chunk of change. It is a very long-term commitment that has serious emotional and physical repercussions. Often, the desire to become a surrogate is from a deep internal generosity and an altruistic need to help a family get the the one thing they need the most, but cannot get themselves. Especially since most surrogates have already had at least one child and know first-hand how special a little nugget can be. In addition to the 9-10 months of no booze and crazy food cravings, surrogacy is a legal matter that should be considered from all angles.

    First decide if you want to go through a surrogate mother agency like Surrogate Mothers, Inc., or do this independently. An surrogate agency will do all the leg-work to find you a suitable couple and be there for you throughout the entire pregnancy, and most importantly they can offer you so much more legal protection than you will be able to do for yourself on your own. Although no one wants to consider these things, what happens if your surrogate couple stops paying you? You don’t want this baby- that’s why you’re doing it for someone else, so why should their financial issues (or change of heart, which is rare), whatever they may be affect you for the rest of your life. An agency will support you and guide you through difficult, and uncommon, situations like that so that your rights are protected.

    The next big decision is weather you want to undergo a traditional pregnancy or gestational pregnancy. The difference being that in a traditional pregnancy, you would be artificially inseminated (AI) with the husbands sperm that will attach to your egg. In this scenario, you are the biological mother of the child, your name will be on the birth certificate,  and the mother must legally adopt the baby. Gestational pregnancies  involve egg donation from the mother and sperm from the father which are inserted into your body so the baby that grows in there is biologically theirs and both of their names will appear on the birth certificate.

    Surrogacy laws vary from state to state, and definitely country to country. For example, surrogacy is not legal in the UK. In a surrogate relationship you are legally bound to do everything you can to be healthy and take care of the baby while it is in your belly, you must give it up at birth and you cannot abort it without the parents approval. It is SO important that you understand the laws of the state you are participating in, as well as the rights owed to you and the rights  you surrender to your couple. Additionally, and this is a tough one, miscarriages happen. It is a devastating reality, but it is a possibility. In the event that this occurs, you need to be familiar with the legalities of your contract about whether you are help responsible or if you cannot be held responsible. In this situation, it is important to be brave, face your couple, see a counselor, and let the grief go.

    During the pregnancy period, if you have selected to go with an agency, they will refer you to a doctor who will perform the insemination and then set you up for regular check-ups and also provide you with a wealth if information, counselors and support groups for you to lean on during what is sure to be a very emotional experience. If you choose to go through this process independently, be very sure you are choosing a suitable doctor. Your surrogate couple is paying for it, so make sure he’s the best!

    Arm yourself with as much information as possible and you will make an excellent surrogate.

  3. Stone veneer, the contemporary style

    October 26, 2014 by Mackenzie Putez

    Home owners, it is time to take a moment to think about what you would like to have installed on your new home.  It appears that the style for any type of space in today’s society is going for a contemporary look to it.  In a world that is trying to go green and be as cost efficient as possible, a contemporary style seems to be what fits that type of lifestyle the best.  There are some structures that are being added to both the interior and exterior of a space to add this contemporary style to it.  This is the stone veneer panels.  This type of stone design is the answer to all contemporary style lovers’ prayers.

    Some homes, offices, businesses, or other living spaces are starting to add a designated wall that is on the interior of these spaces and adding a specific style to it.  If you have ever gone into a salon, you may have noticed that many new salons have resorted to adding a wall that is inside of their business that they have a stone veneer paneling covering the walls.  If they do not have a stone veneer wall, there are places that also have a brick veneer faux wall.  In either of these cases the point is that it is becoming the new most popular thing to do with both your businesses and homes.  The style that it adds to the space is a contemporary style.

    The great thing about stone veneer is that you could do so many different things with it to add a contemporary style to your desired space.  They could be used to cover an entire wall, make a backsplash in a kitchen and or bathroom space, fireplaces, or to design an indoor or outdoor water structure.  If there is a water structure that is made out of stone veneer and is placed outside of your home, it gives bystanders the impression that you have a very contemporary style to your space.  It can also add a sense of richness to your space.  A stone veneer structure will be very strong which will ensure that you will not have to regularly replace the figures.  Unless they are shattered by an extreme amount of force, they will be able to withstand a lot of force without breaking.

    Stone veneer structures could also consist of a wall that surrounds your outdoor living space.  If you have a patio that you have outdoors there are certain things that you are going to want add to that space to make it feel comfortable.   It would be a great idea to add a stone veneer area to that space.  The purpose of the wall would be to block out any snow from getting close to the structure of your home.  It could also be used to keep other animals or people from easily entering your home.  They can also be useful in ways that will provide shade or change the lighting of the space that the stone veneers are installed in.

  4. How my friend chose to get invisalign

    October 26, 2014 by Joy Nalywalko

    My friend Kaitlin had braces when she was a teenager. The braces were large and bulky. She had them on for a year and then they were removed. She had to wear the braces in the first place because her family dentist determined that they were overlapping and growing into one another. She also had an overbite, which her dentist wanted to fix as well. The braces were used to correct her bite as well as straighten out her teeth. Invisalign braces

    Her teeth were straightened by the pressure of the braces on her teeth for a prolonged period of time. They were made of wires and rubber bands. Kaitlin couldn’t wait to remove the braces because they were uncomfortable and annoying. She also couldn’t eat sticky things like taffy because it would get stuck in her braces. She had them removed after a year. The dentist thought her teeth were straightened out and that it was an adequate time frame.

    However, it was not long enough. Another dentist years later determined that they should have been left on for another year! Kaitlin’s teeth had grown close together over time and were overlapping just enough that she made the decision to get adult braces. Luckily for Kaitlin, technology had improved the structure of braces. She decided to get Invisalign braces.

    Invisalign braces are braces that were made to be an alternative to wire braces. Kaitlin chose Invisalign because they were clear. She decided that if she were going to fix her teeth and leave them on for as long as she needed then she was going to get the braces that were nearly invisible. She had no problems with food and could eat anything she wanted, even though she still stayed away from taffy. The Invisalign braces were much more comfortable and at times, she forget she even had them on!

    Kaitlin had routine visits with her dentist to make sure that her braces were working. He was very satisfied with the results each time. Kaitlin was super happy that she chose to get the invisible braces because she met a guy soon after getting them on. She thought she would be embarrassed to be wearing adult braces but he could barely tell that they were there! The best part was that she could take them out if she needed to for a special event. One special occasion involved her filming an ad for her new apparel line at work. She didn’t want to be filmed wearing them even though they were invisible so she took out her aligners for the video.

    Once her teeth were completely straight, Kaitlin’s dentist decided that the work was done. She took out her aligners for good after about 12 months. Kaitlin could not stop smiling because her teeth were so straight. She was so glad that she had used the Invisalign braces over the regular wire braces because she had more freedom with them over the 12 months that she had them in. Once her teeth were straight, Kaitlin knew that her Invisalign braces would work for life.


  5. Having a roofing contractor inspect your new home

    October 26, 2014 by Dan

    Having an inspection done on your home often times can be a great way to avoid catastrophes of buying a new home. There are certain things that are much more expensive when it comes to health and other things. roofingBy being able to have them checked out first you will need to decide whether or not the new home is right for you. But being able to have a professional roofing contractor come to inspect the new roof you’ll be able to ensure that it is going to be the right route for you. Many times a roof can appear to be just fine but underneath there can be all kinds of problems. It’s not always easy to detect types of problems that can occur in a roof but a thorough inspection will reveal its self and what truly is going on underneath.

    Having professional roofers do thorough inspections first on your roof will help you to make the right choice. Replacing your roof especially if a lot of damage has occurred underneath can be very expensive it is not the kind of thing you want to take on unknowingly. Typical inspection is not very expensive and is well worth every penny to ensure that you are not going to have major problems with the roof. Trusting your roof to qualified professionals is the only way to go. Qualified roofers know how to look for damage and where to look for damage. By getting an inspection done and by getting up on the roof as well and looking underneath the roof you can really reveal a lot. You may not have any damage at all but taking a chance can you risk it. Be sure to always have a thorough inspection done to ensure that the roof that you are taking upon yourself will be right one for you. Have an inspection done will really help bring peace of mind to buying a new home. It really should be an essential part of anybody buying a new home today. When you work with a professional contractor you can get what you’re looking for or your home and know that it will be protected continually for many years to come.

    By being able to keep up on the repairs of your roof top you can have a good condition working roof that can protect you and your family the items within the home and the home itself. You’ll be able to have a roofing contractor that can stand by their work in the repairs to ensure that you can feel confident about your home. If you’re looking to have someone take a look at your home have JK roofing come out and take a look and offer you up some suggestions with your roof. You’ll be able to know that you were getting a home that is going to be quality and stand up against time to know that your will last and stand up to the elements that naturally come upon it. A good roofing contractor will be able to work with you to transitioning into a new home and help you to feel confident about your home being protected.

  6. Enjoy a piece of Texas BBQ in the Rocky Mountains.

    October 25, 2014 by Beth Cantrell

    There is nothing so savory and magnificent as bar b que. Nay, let’s rephrase that: Texas BBQ. Texas BBQ is nothing but exceptional in all of the ways. With the juiciest, most tender and most savory of all the state’s offering of barbecue you can be sure that if it’s Texas BBQ it is going to be the best. Anyone who has ever had been fortunate enough to try Texas BBQTexas BBQ knows that there is nothing that compares to it’s magnificence. Texas BBQ melts in your mouth and has the smokiness and most delectable flavor imaginable. Anyone who is anyone craves Texas BBQ from time to time.

    But wait, you aren’t in Texas? You don’t live anywhere near Texas? What in heaven’s sake are you going to do about that? What are your options?

     Bennett’s BBQ is an excellent barbecue restaurant that serves the most amazing and authentic Texas BBQ around in these parts. With convenient locations in Tennessee and Colorado you can be sure to find a Bennett’s near you so you can take a little piece of Texas home with you wherever you are. No one can ever turn away from tender and moist meat. Once you have had Texas BBQ you can never go back. That is why so many people are in gratitude to Bennett’s Texas BBQ. They know that if it weren’t for Bennett’s they wouldn’t be able to experience the excellence that comes from only a place as magnificent as Texas.

    Bennett’s is not only just a restaurant. They will cater for you and will also sell you meats in bulk. What makes them so special is the meat that they purchase and the way they prepare their meet. Their slogan is “We don’t blow smoke, we slow smoke!” This means that they are not full of any bull. The BBQ that they offer is totally authentic and slow cooked to make it the most tender and savory imaginable! Not every barbecue restaurant can get it right and when they don’t it is the most disappointing. But with Bennett’s you can definitely rely on them to offer you up the tastiest and most appetizing barbecue that you can find in Colorado and Tennessee.

    When you go to Bennett’s next time be sure to ask them what their specials are. They are always looking for ways to make their restaurant one that people can get the most out of. Part of that is being affordable. That is why Bennett ‘s offers specials to folks to ensure that you find exactly what it is you are looking for at a price that you can afford. Don’t let your quality taste dictate your bank account or visa versa! At Bennett’s excellence in barbecue at a price you can afford is a guarantee. They also have an amazing menu that will surely have on it exactly what it is you are looking for and craving in that moment. Pick a favorite or try something new every time you come back! No matter what you want they will have something for you at Bennett’s. Enjoy a little piece of Texas while amidst the Rocky Mountains.




  7. Metal buildings are the easiest and fastest construction for your needs

    October 24, 2014 by Shauna

    Everyone has seen these construction projects that seem to go on forever and end up taking months or even years longer than they were supposed to. This can be incredibly frustrating to the company who is waiting for and funding the construction project as well as any possible customers or users of the building that are left waiting and wondering when it is ever going to be finished. With a lot of different building project there is not much else to do other than wait to try and pump even more money into the construction project to help make sure it gets done quickly. This can be terrible though and end up costing the company way more than it was anticipating to pay.

    One of the best ways to avoid this kind of problem is to find a building material that is much easier and quicker to construct. The best building material out there for quick construction is by far steel buildings. In fact, steel buildings easily take a fraction of the time of construction that would be needed for a similar sized building made of any other building material out there. This is because when you buy a steel building from a retailer like CSI Steel Buildings, the design is made first so that they have an idea of what needs to be build and then in the factory where the steel building is being made, all of the big panels of steel for the building are made so that they will perfectly fit together once the construction process starts. This means both that your building will be up and ready in a flash but also that your company is going to have to spend a lot less money on trying to hire a construction company for months or years to put the thing together. It just takes a few weeks normally and the steel building can be easily put together so that your company does not get stuck paying for the construction company longer than you have to. A shorter construction time also means that your company can get to using the building as soon as possible which usually means that you can start making money from the new space and uses much quicker as well.

    Once the steel building from CSI Steel Buildings is up and running, the owner will also have to worry about future problems much less than one would normally worry about any other kind of building. Steel is one of the strongest building materials known to man so it can withstand quite a bit before actually being damaged at all. Plus, since steel is nonporous, it is not susceptible to normal building problems like mold, rot, insects or other pets, warping or anything else. Once your steel building is up and going it needs practically no work other than to be rinsed off with a hose every once and awhile and for the gutters to be cleaned just like any other kind of building.


    Capital Steel Industries

    10639 Bradford Road

    Littleton, CO  80127



  8. Top Advice for Planning a Party – Use a Photo Booth

    October 23, 2014 by Melissa

    There are many different things that needs to be thought about when planning a party, especially if it is a great big party like a holiday party or a wedding. But the number one piece of advice that we here at Double Exposure are offering to wedding planners lately is that they need to plan for a photo booth rental. Most party goers are looking for that photo booth when they enter the reception or when they head into the company holiday party, and if they see one they know that it will be a funner party and a better experience. They also know that they will get to leave with photos of their own, instead of just having a photographer there who is taking photos for the bridal couple or the company.

    When ever we are approached and asked our advice on how to plan the best party possible, one of the first things that we always say is that they need to incorporate in a great way to help break the ice and get people into the party mood. People need maybe a little drink or a little music, but they also need something to do. So having a photo booth rental is one of the best ways to accomplish that, as well as to give people something to do for the rest of the night. People will dance the night away, and they will take breaks from the dance floor to go and get their photo taken in the photo booth. photo booth rentalThey will get them taken with friends they have made that night, or with their best friends in the whole world. They will keep them on their walls at work and on their fridge at home. It is a great way to give a take home gift to those who have come to your party and also to help them remember that party for a long time to come. It is a great way to break the ice and also to keep people entertained and occupied for the rest of the event. It makes people happy, and gives them a chance to be a little silly.

    Another piece of advice that we often offer to those who are party planning is that the more distractions you can offer to your guests the happier they will be and the better they will feel about the party. If you want to photo booth rentals that each have a different theme and are in different places, then that is even better than just having one. If there is one in each bathroom lounge area, that is fun too. The girls will have a great time while they are touching up their makeup, and taking photos with their girlfriends. There is no wrong way to go about using a photo booth rental in your party or wedding planning. The best option is just to be sure that you have one, and then to go from there. The guests will make it into something great, and they will love to remember how much fun it was.

  9. The most popular styles of shades

    October 20, 2014 by Melissa

    Hunter Douglas does a great line of shades for the home, and they are always including more and more styles and types of shades in their lines of products. With the requests from customers as well as sellers, like stores such as blinds and Designs NC, the company has been able to really refine and perfect their lines of blinds for the home, and they have never been more popular with customers. Below is a list of their possible styles and selections to choose when you are looking to replace the blinds in your home or for your work.

    1. The first style of blinds that you can purchase from Hunter Douglas is the basic line that are slatted blinds with a cord that raises and lowers them. These blinds are the most commonly seen, and they can be ordered in a specific size or can be purchased off the shelf in one of the general sizes that Hunter Douglas makes them. These are the basic blinds that do not require any specialization, except the width of the blinds. The colors are from a basic pallet of tan, cream, and white. The plastic is thicker and more heavy duty than basic blinds that are found in big box stores, making them last longer as they are more durable.
    2. The second style of blinds that are available from Hunter Douglas is the Limited line. These blinds are the same style, but are made of thicker slats of wood and have a more sturdy draw cord for raising and lowering them. hunter douglas shuttersThey also come with a wood strip that goes along the top to hide the mechanics of how they hang and are raised and lowered. The cord is a no tangle cord that is thicker and made of plastic material to keep it functional for many years of use. The wood slats are available in a broader range of colors, from the light to the dark and the black colors. These are more high end, and add a look of luxury to the home even with just the blinds in the windows.
    3. The third style available from Hunter Douglas in their blinds is the Exclusive line. These blinds are made with the wood slats, but they also have fabric connecting each slat. That way, there is no open window that can be seen through the slats, unless they are raised all the way up. The wood is available in the same colors as the limited line, but they are made to match the fabric choice. So there is an additional range of colors that is only available in this exclusive line.
    4. The fourth style isn’t as much the same type of shades as it is slats that hang the other way, down to the floor from the top of the window. These are slid from side to side to open and close. The slats are wood, and they are available in all the same colors as the exclusive line, and it is called the Vertical line.

  10. Window treatments come in all different varieties.

    October 20, 2014 by Amanda Friese

    Window Happenings is a window treatment retailer in Toms River, New Jersey. They have been providing exceptional service to their community for more than thirty years and have all of the experience and knowledge that you are looking for when it comes to choosing new window treatments for your home or office. The friendly staff at Window Happenings is there to help you out every step of the way, from choosing the perfect window treatments for your space, to having them delivered, and finally having them installed. They want to ensure that your new window treatments fit perfectly and are installed correctly so that you can get as much life out of them as you hope to. Also, if you decide that your new window treatments are not exactly what you had been hoping for, they can help you to find a better fit. In addition to offering a wide selection of window treatment options, Window Happenings also offer custom draperies and treatments to help ensure that you get exactly what you are looking for.

    window coveringsIt is truly amazing how much the right window treatments can impact the look and feel of a room. Whether you are decorating a brand new space, or are looking to revamp an old space, new window treatments may be just what you need to make your space complete. The first step in choosing the right window treatments for your space is to decide which type of window treatment you want. Below is a list of the most common types of window treatments.

    1. Blinds

    Blinds are a type of window treatment that is installed directly in to the frame of the window. Blinds are composed of a series of horizontal slats that can be pulled up or down using a string pulley system. The horizontal slats can also be adjusted to rotate up to one hundred and eighty degrees to allow you maximum control over the amount of light that you want to let in to the room.

    2. Shutters

    Shutters are another type of window treatment that are installed directly in to the frame of the window. Shutters can be pulled open or closed to fully expose the window or to cover it almost completely. Most shutters also have a series of horizontal slats that are connected with a rod so that the slats can be rotated to allow for control over the amount of light that is let in to the room.

    3. Shades

    Shades are a type of window treatment that are made of a single piece of fabric. Shades are operated with a string pulley system that allows the fabric to roll or fold in to itself when the shade is pulled up. Depending on the type of material that is used for the shade, shades can either completely block out light from outside, or allow for filtered light to come through when the shades are down.

    4. Drapes

    Drapes are installed around the window frame and can come in a wide variety of colors and materials.

  11. Getting a new heating and cooling system installed can keep you more comfortable throughout the year!

    October 19, 2014 by Caroline Yates

    When the temperature in your home is not comfortable, you probably are not a very happy person. Maybe you tinker with the temperature knob and try to make it alright, but at the end of the day you know what’s going on here: your heating and cooling system is quite http://www.theacdr.combroken, and you need a serious upgrade or even for a new system to get installed altogether. This can be a daunting realization. While you know that it is important to get these things replaced, forking over a large sum of money to make this possible is not what everyone wants to do. In fact, it tends to be the opposite of the way most people want to spend their money. We would all rather use that cash for a vacation to our favorite place, but at the end of the day, we know we must go ahead and spend the money on replacing our heating and cooling system. Luckily, when you work with the AC Doctors to help replace your home heating and cooling system, you will find that you can save a lot for a top of the line systemThey understand your conundrum, and they want to help you find a heating and cooling system that will work in controlling the temperature in your home without breaking the bank!

    The reality is that getting a new heater or air conditioning unit installed is the best way to improve the comfort level in your home. No one likes to get stuck in a home that is not comfortable, and if your personal space is uncomfortable all because of an old and worn out heating system, it will no longer feel like a space that you can come to as you are. You want your home to be as comfortable and relaxing as possible, and want to ensure that your heating and cooling system is working to make this happen. So, your solution is to work with the AC Doctors to select the perfect heating and air conditioning system to install in your home in order to help you achieve that level of comfort and perfection you have been hoping for. With the AC Doctors at your side, it is easier to upgrade your existing system if possible or determine the best new system you can install in your home. They have the extensive knowledge you need about the latest in temperature control technology so that you can get really the best system possible for the best price. With the AC Doctors, you will not have to worry that you are getting set up with a system that does not fit with your home. You will only get heating and air conditioner upgrades that are compatible with your home so that you get the best heating and cooling systems possible for the place that you live. Instead of suffering through another winter or summer wasting money with a heating and cooling system that just doesn’t cut it, decide to invest in your home and upgrade to a better home heating and cooling system.

    The AC Doctors

    905 West Government Street

    Brandon, MS 39042



    October 19, 2014 by Sonny Andrew

    There have been some major improvements in the quality and effectiveness of carpet cleaning services over the last decade and many aspects of the industry continue to improve. There are now more carpet cleaners around than ever before and that means that the cost has gone down, a factor which has made professional carpeting cleaning services something affordable for the whole country. The rise in both the number of cleaning services and the people who use them has also brought about a drop in the number of home cleaning products that are made for carpets. When people have carpet and rug stains nowadays they are far more likely to call a carpet service than they are to run out and purchase chemicals cleaning products from the store. As the industry continues to develop and grow, what other changes are expected in the carpet cleaning industry for the next 10 years?

    The number of companies that are using chemical dry cleaning methods is climbing. There have been a lot of different methods over the years which were aimed at eliminating carpet stains while not damaging the carpet. Some of the methods employed by cleaning services did very well and other not so much. The one method which has stuck and which is being adopted by more companies from day to day is the chemical dry method. The reason that the chemical dry cleaning is so widely used is because it is cheap, highly effective and doesn’t harm carpets like other methods often do. The new technology is already being used by all the top cleaning companies in the country and almost all services are which have not already shifted to chemical dry, are now making the change. Right here in Colorado we have, where the service is available. As the process continues to get better and better, we may see the extinction of other methods of cleaning very soon.

    Carpet cleaning companies are spending more money on adverting today. Since the industry has grown so to have the profits and the competition and that has lead to an all out advertising war between the carpet cleaning companies. Before there was TV and Radio ad then the internet came along and many in the carpet industry began to put their money into their online sites. Now, more than 70 percent of customers use the internet to find a carpet cleaning service and companies are doing everything in their power to win those clients. Nearly all carpet cleaning services have a website or a social media page and those who don’t will very soon; otherwise they might not have much time left in the business.

    Carpet cleaning companies are beginning to expand to include other services besides carpet cleanings. Due to the recent jump in competition, companies have started to look for new ways to open their client base up and one of those methods is by offering other kinds of cleaning services like tile cleaning and upholstery cleaning. Probably, in another five years, all carpet cleaning companies will offer a more diver range of cleaning services to their clients.



  13. Uranium production is likely to rise over the next several decades.

    October 18, 2014 by lincoln Deffenbaugh are now roughly 7 billion people on the planet.  Take a moment and think about that number; it’s truly incredible.  In addition to the number of people on the planet continuing to grow, there are also many countries that are rushing into the modern world.  Thirty years ago, the amount of energy the United States consumed compared to countries like Mexico, Brazil, China, and India was staggering.  The U.S. used much more energy than these countries.  That dynamic is changing now, as those countries continue to develop.  They require a greater amount of energy now, as more people get electricity, the Internet, and cars.  The amount of energy so-called developing countries consume is only going to rise over the next century.  However, the amount of fossil fuels on the planet are decreasing steadily, which is easy to see whenever you pull up at the gas pump.  Sixty years ago, gas cost just a few cents per gallon.  Today, the average in the United States is about $3.50.  With all of this in mind, it is becoming increasingly clear that countries, companies, and individuals will need to look elsewhere to figure out how to power the planet.  Once people are able to have electricity and other things that require energy, they are very leery of going back to not consuming that amount of energy.  Therefore, there will be an increase in uranium production, as well as a few other things, over the next several decades.  Solar, wind, and tidal energy will continue to be utilized in greater capacities, but they can not meet the energy demands of the world by themselves.  Nuclear energy will also have to be a part of the solution.

    Uranium production begins with the process of uranium mining.  Large mines are created in parts of the world that have high levels of naturally occurring uranium.  Through a complex process, the uranium is extracted from the soil.  It is then purchased by utility companies and nuclear reactor companies to use in the process of the creation of nuclear energy.  Nuclear energy is common in many countries of the world, from Japan to the United States.  As the world’s desire for energy increases, so will the production of uranium.

    There are many uranium mining companies, such as Energy Fuels.  The latter is located in the western portion of the United States, where the highest levels of uranium reside.  They extract the uranium from numerous mines and sell it to the proper companies.  As uranium production grows, it is crucial that companies like Energy Fuels exist.  There are many companies in other countries that extract uranium without thinking about the environment or the safety of their workers.  These companies can contaminate large amounts of water, or even rivers, during the process, or they can put the health of their workers at risk.  Energy Fuels extracts uranium in the proper way, by taking care of the planet and their workers in the process.  The bottom line is that uranium production is going to grow, so people and countries need to make sure it is done in the right way.

  14. Finding the Right Trekking Area on Machu Picchu

    October 16, 2014 by Carol

    Machu Picchu trekking

    Getting to Machu Picchu is on many people’s bucket list. It’s no wonder. Machu Picchu is the most familiar icon of the Inca civilization and one the most recognizable ruin in the Western Hemisphere. Machu Picchu was built in the fourteen hundreds as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. When the Incas were invaded by the Spanish, the site was abandoned and forgotten. While there were several indigenous tribes that new about its existence, Machu Picchu wasn’t discovered by the outside world until 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

    Many people believe it to be one of the seven wonders of the world even though it is not. It was however voted as one of the “New” Seven Wonders of the World. Today, Machu Picchu is an incredibly popular tourist destination and economic generator for the entire country of Peru. Machu Picchu trekking has emerged as one of the most popular methods of getting to the historical site in order to see the famous Intihuatana (Hitching post of the Sun), the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows.

    Historically, The Inca Trail was the route that all hikers used in order to get to Machu Picchu. However, the popularity of the trail has lead to severe restrictions on access. Only 500 people per day, of which only 200 are hikers, can access the trail. This is to prevent the erosion and destruction of the delicate eco-system through which the trial cuts. The trail is also closed for the month of February every year to allow for cleaning. As a result, the difficulty of obtaining permits and as such guides has lead to a backlash and the popularization of alternative trails to Machu Picchu. Trekking to Machu Picchu is still the preferred way to get to the historical site, but as more and more travelers come to see it, there is a lack of privacy, which takes away from its magic and the spiritual nature of the site.

    The many alternative routes all start in the same place, which is the Peruvian city of Cusco. Most of those treks include similar panoramas of the Andes. The alternate routes give you more options in terrain. Some people prefer to stay lower in elevation for health reasons, where as some people prefer to hike over mountain tops. Some of the hikes drop into tropical canopies, while some of the hikes intersect with hot springs. One of the nicest things about the alternate routes is that the permits are easier to get so the cost is usually cheaper. Another aspect about the alternate routes is that bikes and horses can be used to access the trails, both of which are forbidden on the Inca Trail. When it comes to Machu Picchu trekking, there are lots of options. These days, you can pretty much dream up the ideal scenario for hiking to the ruins and you will be able to find a guide that can make it a reality.

  15. Choosing Blinds, Shades and Shutters around the House

    October 16, 2014 by Emi

    Blinds, shades and shutters are vital components around the house because they serve multiple purposes. They are used to block the light out to encourage relaxation, they can are essential for maintaining privacy and are elegant addition to the overall style of the room. When choosing them, important factors relevant to each room of the house need to be considered. Here are helpful tips in choosing window coverings around the house.




    A consideration that should always be prioritized when choosing window coverings for the kitchen is cleanliness. It must be easy to clean because the kitchen is a place where stain and liquids are often spilled. Window coverings must be easy to clean and maintained because as the place where you prepare food for the entire household, bacteria and germs should not be encouraged to breed. Choose blinds and shades that have smooth and pained finishes. A good example would be aluminum blinds. Anything made of materials that are have rough and textured finishes are hard to clean.


    The bedrooms are a place of rest and relaxation. Blinds, shades and shutters that can darken the room are always preferred. Dark shutters, horizontal blind and black out shades are best to keep the light out when needed. Choose blinds without the route holes to block the light out better.

    For nurseries, safety is essential. Buy products that have the latest safety feature. When placing blinds and shades, make sure that the cord is well kept and not dangling near the crib. When buying vinyl blinds, make sure to choose products that don’t have lead in them as this can be hazardous to your child.

    Living room

    Window coverings for living rooms are used both as a style and safety component. Choose blinds, shutters and drapes that complement the overall style of your living room. Products that are made of light and airy materials are recommended by designers. This is because they are effective in letting natural light in. Verticals made of sheer fabric are popular because they easily complement other materials in your living room without making the room look too dark or crowded. Hunter Douglas blinds provides blinds and shutters in large variety to match your personal taste and style.

    Dining room

    For the dining room, consider buying product that not only complement the rest of the room, make sure that they are also easy to clean. Light materials are also good because, like the living room, natural light is both practical and stylish for the dining room.


    Vinyl is the best material when your blinds get direct water pressure. This is because vinyl, unlike wood or fabric is not easily affected by humidity and water pressure. When privacy is needed, it is advised to use blinds without route holes. Consider placing blinds near your bathroom window for additional privacy.

    For easy cleaning, buy materials that are smooth so that moisture will not accumulate through small holes, cracks and pockets. These hard to clean places can be a breeding ground for molds and bacteria.

  16. Carpet cleaning makes your house smell fresh.

    October 15, 2014 by Jon

    There are a number of ways that people choose to keep their homes clean and it all depends on what kinds of surface you have in your house.  If you have wood floors you are going to fact one way and if you have carpet it is going to be completely different.  Arguably, carpet is a bit easier to care for because with wood floors, you have to keep in mind that after you sweep or vacuum, you are probably going to have to run a mop over the floors and even go beyond that and do some wood finishing.  That is not something that many people have done in a very long time and probably need to do very soon.  Nevertheless, with carpet, there are still some long term things that need to be taken care of.

    upholstery cleaningWhen you are thinking about carpet, keep in mind that the mass of it is made up of little tiny fibers that are stranded together.  Keeping those clean and free from matting is a great way to ensure that the house remains fresh smelling and clean.  A great way to keep your carpet fresh is by occasionally hiring a carpet cleaning company. They will be able to come to your house and perform all of the necessary tasks to ensure that the fibers remain free and do not become matted.

    Many of the companies that are able to hire out carpet cleaners or come to your house to do the cleaning are also able to do a number of other cleaning tasks in the home.  One of the best and one of the best money savers is called upholstery cleaning.  When you have an animal that is constantly on your couch, whether it be a cat or a dog, you will end up with a lot of animal hair that needs to be removed by something other than your jacket.  A great way to do this is through the development of a system whereby you can rent an upholstery cleaner to freshen up your couch.  It is all relatively cheap and can be done pretty quickly and it really does extend the life of your couch by quite a long time.

    The same thing can be done for rugs.  Rugs are really difficult to keep clean and currently thinking of the rug in the living room is sending shivers down the back.  Nevertheless, the same company again that does all of the other cleaning in the house can also do rug cleaning.  Instead of taking a rug to a manufacturer or going to the dry cleaners with it, it is possible to simply hire a rug cleaner to come to your house and do the work. It saves you time and money and is a great investment in making sure that you are not spending all of your money on things that are probably not the cheapest.  Replacing furniture is not worth it, if all you have to do in the first place is take care of what you have.

  17. The benefits of visiting a family-owned vacuum repair shop

    October 12, 2014 by Suzanne Ayotte

    Naturally, large vacuum companies want you to order replacement parts directly from them through their websites and company-specific vacuum repair stores. And why wouldn’t they? The money you spend directly with them goes right back into their large corporations, and often into the pockets of CEOs. But visiting a family-owned repair shop, like All Rays Vacuums, has many upsides that are hard to ignore.

    The customer service is generally higher quality for a number of reasons. Family-owned vacuum repair shops depend on your loyal patronage and cannot rely on the success of one location to balance out the lower performance of another.  They are more motivated to treat you well because their business, and, well, their families depend on you. There are so many different types of vacuums out there, that a corporate location might not even exist for your specific vacuum. A family-owned store specializes in all of them.

    Additionally, you are seen as a human being with a story of your own and not just a number or a line in the profit log. Family-owned businessmen/women are more in tune to serving your needs on a personal level and genuinely care about your satisfaction with their services. They are eager to answer your questions and help you repair your machine using the most affordable methods.

    Sometimes I feel like visiting a corporate store for any repairs is a lot like getting your car serviced. You bring you car in for an oil change and suddenly your brake pads need replacing and the shocks are worn. And, while they’re at it, why don’t we put in a new battery, this one’s looking a little rusty. Before you know it, you’re spending five times the amount of money you anticipated and you probably didn’t need all of those replacements. And THEN your car feels like it’s running worse than it did before! I have a conspiracy theory, lets call it the Mechanic’s Conspiracy Theory. It says that your mechanic will always break something or loosen a bolt juuuust a little while they are fixing your car so you have to come back to get more work done.


    Going corporate is also like WebMD’ing your cold symptoms and realizing that you probably have a brain hemorrhage and bone cancer or the ever-fatal avian flu, or maybe it’s Ebola? Yeah, its definitely the Ebola virus, that’s been going around. Anyway, the point is, visiting a family-owned shop puts you in the hands of experts who will give it to you straight. They understand your situation and your budget and will likely fix the problem with the most minimally invasive methods.

    By using a family-owned business, you are investing in your own surroundings. Small businesses are the heart and soul of a community. If we don’t support them, corporate shops will take over. If corporate shops take over, we will be perpetually stuck in the Mechanic’s Conspiracy Theory. If we are perpetually stuck in the Mechanic’s Conspiracy Theory, we will all be broke and living in a van down by the river. And now, that van no longer work because the mechanics kept tweaking our motors! See? Its a vicious cycle. Vacuum repair locally, people.

    All Rays Vacuum

    3740 South Broadway

    Englewood CO

    (303) 781-7448


  18. Office furniture sets the tone for your entire space.

    October 12, 2014 by Jon

    Many people out there put a lot of faith into their company’s office furniture and that is not a misplaced belief.  Office furniture plays a huge role in the culture of the company. It sets the tone for all of the people that work there and it helps people get in the right frame of mind for what it takes to accomplish things at that office.  Looking forward, many companies are starting to be more cognizant of their work environments and the impact that that has on their people.  Consequently, they are starting to invest more money into the types of office furniture they start to acquire.

    refurbished cubiclesWhen you think about the office setting, the fact that cubicles are one of the oat popular types of office furniture may prove to be a bit surprising.  This is a huge change from the day so Office Space, the movie, when they did not put any attention into the fact that people could be affected by their environments.  These changes in mindset mean that many more people and professionals are paying attention to how people interact in the office.  As a result, many more offices are starting to shun the offices that have a lot of people cornered in their own rooms and are starting to move toward the reality of having people in the same room and working side by side.  This idea was popularized by influential figures like May Michael Bloomberg, so had his own bullpen and had a desk in the middle of everyone else’s.  It matters quite a bit for the employees that are making considerably less to be in a room with the mayor, even though the mayor has a cubicle in the center.  This is a huge departure from past mayors that would be in a corner office somewhere.

    Many companies now are then looking for the refurbished office furniture which would have been thrown away years ago. These are starting to make another appearance, although with some slight modifications.  These newer units have shorter walls, which allow of the people to look over the sides.  This is a huge difference for the people that are there because it means that they will be able to collaborate to a much higher degree than they would have been able to in an office setting.  The other important thing to keep in mind is that many of the offices now have more natural light and that makes a difference for the workers as well.  It is vitally important to have the workers in the forefront of your mind because they are the individuals that will be working to ensure that your company has a future.

    The people that are selecting this type of office furniture often go through MacBride Office Furniture which supplies all kinds of office furniture for individuals and companies. It is a great strategy for a company that is looking to move into the 21st century by supplying their employees with a new way of thinking and moving forward.

  19. The easy choice when it comes to carpet cleaners.

    October 10, 2014 by lincoln Deffenbaugh you are planning on entertaining guests, your relatives are coming into town for the weekend, or you simply enjoy living in a clean home, hiring professional carpet cleaners is a great idea.  By hiring professionals, you don’t have to worry about setting aside time to clean your carpets.  Also, professionals exist for a reason, and that reason, when it comes to carpet cleaning, is that they do a better job than you can do by yourself with your own products and equipment.  Let’s face it: cleaning carpets can be a huge hassle, and even after you’ve spent numerous hours, your carpet may still not be clean.  Hiring professionals to clean your carpet, essentially, is a great idea.  However, there are dozens upon dozens of professional carpet cleaning companies in each city.  Some of them, unfortunately, do not do a great job, and some of them can be incredibly expensive.  Therefore, it is crucial to find a company that will not only do a great job, but that will do that job at a price you find reasonable.  Fleet Chem-Dry is one company that can easily provide both.

    Fleet Chem-Dry is part of the larger Chem-Dry family, a company known across the country for its ability to make and keep carpets looking great.  They use a product known as ‘The Natural’.  It is a product that only they have.  It combines carbonation with a solution (that is chemical free, so it is safe for both pets and small children) that works to break dirt and debris away from the carpet, making it easy to pick up.  They also offer an incredibly wide array of services.  For example, in addition to making your carpet look great, Fleet Chem-Dry also specializes in upholstery cleaning.  For example, they have an entire section of their website dedicated to the cleaning of leather.  They walk you through the process of getting scratches and stains off all of your various types of furniture.  They also specialize in pet stain and regular stain removal.  They have specific products that are designed for the removal of stains.  In addition to the high level of products they have for stain removal, they also understand the best practices and techniques.  For example, the quicker you get to a stain, and the manner in which you clean it, are the two most important ways to remove a stain properly.

    Another aspect of Fleet Chem-Dry that makes them great is their understanding of rug cleaning.  Rugs are unique from carpet, and they require particular attention to get them clean.  They understand this, and give rugs the type of treatment they need.  These are just a few of the reasons why hiring Fleet Chem-Dry is the right choice.  In every essence of the word, they are professionals.  They have the necessary knowledge to get your carpet looking great, but in addition to this knowledge, they also have the character and quality of service you would look for in any company that is working on your home.  They will take their time and not quit until the job is performed correctly.


    October 8, 2014 by Sonny Andrew

    There is something about the way that a water garden transforms a backyard or back patio area into something truly special. Water gardens are not only an age old part of our home decoration culture but also of cultures much older than our own. When a person says “water garden”, it might conjure up images of dark green plant life jutting out of a pond area surrounded by stones, or you might instantly think about those giant goldfish swimming around beneath the reflection of a spruce tree. No matter what a garden pond means to you, the garden pond is and always will be an attribute that gives a home a true touch of elegance.

    If you are one of the people who is privileged enough to own a water garden at your home, then you want to make sure you are doing everything within your power to keep your aquatic garden looking amazing. As we near winter, do not neglect to purchase the supplies you will need for the extra maintenance your water garden will require when the weather turns sour.

    First off, you need a trusty water garden supply store like Purely Ponds, where you can find everything you need for your water garden, all under one roof.   Purely Ponds offers water garden pumps, chemical treatments and all the other cleaning supplies which will become vital when the leaves begin to stack up in your pond and the water does not receive the adequate sun it needs. Each water garden is unique from the rest which means that you need to go online to water garden chat rooms and find out from people who have water garden like yours, what types of special upkeep you need to perform this winter.

    If you have a living water pond, that is to say one with fish or other aquatic creatures, you will want to consult with a marine life specialist. Many of the larger pet stores have a marine specialist on staff that can help you with important questions like; will my giant goldfish survive the winter in an outside water garden, or do I need to transplant them to an indie pond for the winter? A good marine consultant should also be able to advise you on any diet changes your aquatic life should have during the winter. Many types of fish need only to be fed the half of what you feed them during warmer moths because their systems slow down and they become less active. Go down and pay your local pet shop a visit so you can be sure that those who call your water garden a home, make it until the next season.

    If you have been thinking about installing a water garden for a long time but have never made the step, this might be a better time than any. Purely Ponds has an online website where you can check out their portfolio of custom water garden designs. At you might find a design you fall in love with and decide to finally get that water garden you have always wanted.